Full name: Barry Ryan Bannan
Date of birth: 1st December 1989 (27 years old)
Place of birth: Airdrie, Scotland
Height: 5″6 (1.67m)
Playing position: Midfielder
2004-2008 Aston Villa
2008-2013 Aston Villa (64) (1)
2009 Derby County (10) (1)
2009-2010 Blackpool (20) (1)
2011 Leeds United (7) (0)
2013-2015 Crystal Palace (22) (1)
2015 Bolton Wanderers (16) (0)
2015- Sheffield Wednesday (71) (3)
2009-2010 Scotland U21 (10) (1)
2009 Scotland B (1) (0)
2010- Scotland (24) (0)
Bannan has 4 honours to his name. At Aston Villa’s academy, he won the Premier Academy League title and the Premier Reserve League South. In November 2008, Bannan was named ‘Young Player of the Month’. In 2015-16, he was listed in the Championship’s PFA Team of the Year after his quality season with Sheffield Wednesday.
Bannan is primarily a central midfielder but also can play as a winger. He is particularly useful with his left foot. Bannan has skill, vision and good passing ability. It is these attributes that led to Aston Villa manage Gerard Houllier likening him to Barcelona midfielders Xavi and Andres Iniesta. Houllier had only been in charge of Villa for a few weeks before saying “He is an intelligent player, he can read the game well and adapt well. I don’t think Xavi and Iniesta, who are outstanding players, are of huge size. They are intelligent, they have the skill, they have the desire – young Barry has all of that. Ian Holloway , who Bannan played under during his time at Blackpool, described him as “a beautiful footballer, absolutely lovely to watch”.
So far in his career, Bannan has made 243 appearances and scored 9 goals.
FACT: On 23 October 2011, Bannan crashed his Range Rover Sport on the M1 near Watnall, Nottinghamshire, while returning to Birmingham from a party in Leeds. A month later, Nottingham Magistrates’ Court found him guilty of drink driving, failing to stop after an accident, driving without due care, and driving on a provisional licence. He pleaded guilty and received an 18-month driving ban and a £4,500 fine.